Solar activity and the Earth's climate

Weather Eyewith John Maunder A sunspot is a relatively dark, sharply defined region on the solar disc - marked by an umbra (dark area) which is 2000 degrees Celsius cooler than the effective photosphere temperature. The average diameter of a sunspot... Read More

Science and other true stories

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits This week on RR we are bringing you a crapload of science. That is the collective name for lots of sciences. Today there will be some highly-scientific terms used, as I was a prolific attender of Miss... Read More

Tropospheric Global Temperatures 1979 to October 2016

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The chart below shows that since 1979, when reliable satellite observations became available, there has been little overall trend from the average temperatures during the 30-year period from 1981-2010 in the tropospheric... Read More

Do you have an ‘itis’? – Part 3

John ArtsAbundant Living Inflammation can be the cause of disease or it can be as a consequence. If your health problem has the suffix ‘itis' then inflammation is central to the problem. Some ‘itis' diseases,... Read More

Mr Chump and the Cowdashians

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits  We've been quite busy here at RR Headquarters. Along with dealing with a natural disaster, we've been clearing out the spare room and making up the sofa bed for Miley Cyrus and the... Read More

A weighty issue

Sport Bay of Plenty  As a nation we are fixated on weight and it is no wonder with the eye popping obesity statistics and an undeniable increase in long-term chronic health conditions exacerbated by excess weight. It is a common misconception... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

Weather Eyewith John Maunder The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is a standardized index based on the observed sea level pressure differences between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia. The SOI is a leading measure of the large-scale fluctuations in... Read More

Supermoons, pests and tasers

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits A supermoon is something Dotcom would do at the back window of a bus. Fortunately it turns out, we're not having that sort of mooning. It's the planetary sort. The supermoon on Tuesday will... Read More

Guy Fawkes cancelled this year

Brian RogersRogers Rabbits First-degree nonsense called off indefinitely This is to inform you that Guy Fawkes has been cancelled this year. This may come as a disappointment to all you pyromaniac arsonist animal terror fanatics,... Read More

Opinion Poll

What did you do when quake hit the Kaikoura area early last Monday morning and a tsunami warning was sent out?

Heeded the warning and quickly made our way to higher ground.
Didn't receive a tsunami warning at all.
Received a tsunami warning from Civil Defence but was too late - when we woke that morning.
Ignored the warning.

Bay Today

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